Welcome parents, committee members and guests
So, here we are again this morning for our Annual General Meeting albeit a little delayed and minus the Bezels!
I would like to extend my warm welcome to the committee, all the parents and guests to our AGM.
Special thanks to the teachers and committee for support throughout year
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the people who have supported our school. Firstly, I would like to acknowledge and thank our parent committee for their dedication to their roles and the time they so freely give to school matters.
Martin , our (still current) president of the parent committee, Reto , our legal liaison officer, Sue, our treasurer, Naomi, our Payroll Officer, Carl, our registrar, Johannes, our secretary, Robert, our newsletter editor, Romano, our IT Coordinator, Rainer and Natalie, our design team, Tanja, our social media and blog coordinator, and Jenny, our grants coordinator, (I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone!) you all belong on pedestals!
Thank you all so much for the extra mile you go for the happiness and progress of the families of our school community.
Next, I would like to thank our teachers. I truly appreciated all the hard work that they have put into the students, their profession and the community. They truly have the students at heart, and I am grateful to be able to work with such a great team.
This time last year there were 144 students attending our school. Our current enrolment is 133.
Events & Achievements:
I would like to do a quick recap of last year’s events and achievements, starting with various events we hold throughout the year which gives parents, teachers, committee members and students alike the chance to mingle outside of classes.
We started the year with our AGM, enjoying a sunny morning with coffee, cake and, of course, pretzels.
In mid-September, we had our Open Day, which is always a fun-filled day for parents, teachers and students alike.
While munching on cake and pretzels, parents were able to observe a class and see what their kids get up to on a Saturday morning, which was followed by amazing performances prepared by the students together with their teachers on the topic “water”. The performances ranged from PowerPoint presentations about the North Sea, songs, a play, a quiz show and even a talent show!
Our next event in our social calendar was Family Day in November.
Like the previous years, students, parents and teachers meet on a Saturday morning in the nearby Quarries Park in Clifton Hill, where the teachers prepared different games for the students, and the parents get a chance to mingle. The committee put on a sausage sizzle and there were, of course, pretzels as well! Afterwards, the kids beat the parents in the annual soccer game.
We always end our school year with our Christmas Function at the Austrian Club. Together, we celebrated the achievements of the year, sang German Christmas carols, bought some raffle tickets, had some coffee and cake and even a visit from the Weihnachstmann!
Now, I would like to tell you about our students’ achievements.
Like every year, we participated again in the AGTV Poetry Competition, which is split up in two parts, the regional final and the state final. The students have to learn a poem in German, choosing between the Open and DaF category (the Open category is for those students, who also speak German at home while the DaF category is for those ones who learn German exclusively at school).
At the end of term 2, we held the Regional Final of the AGTV Poetry Competition at our school.
The students recited their poems with confidence, expression and poise and winners for each year level were selected by our panel of judges. Following this, the gold medallist of the DaF category and the Gold and silver medallists of the Open category competed against students from other schools in the AGTV State Finale, which was in September.
We had five students who placed in the top three across the year levels and two categories:
2nd place – Matthew Polgar
Upper Primary (5/6):
1st place – Jason Marrone
2nd place – Amelie Kehle
Lower Secondary (7/8):
2nd place – Saskia Viola
3rd place – Anna Zangl
Our students have done an outstanding job and we are all very proud of them!
Now, I would like to talk about the external exams we offer our students to sit every year, the Goethe-Institute exam Fit in Deutsch 1 and 2 and the Deutsche Sprachdiplom.
Fit in Deutsch 1 +2
In Term 3, the Year 7 and 8 students completed the Goethe-Institute exam Fit in Deutsch 1 and 2 respectively. I am very pleased to say that all 11 students who sat for the Fit 1 exam, passed and 7 out of the 11 students who sat for the Fit 2 exam passed.
Also in Term 3, some of our students sat the Deutsche Sprachdiplom 1 (DSD I), which, like the Goethe Institut exams, is also an internationally recognised exam but from the German education authorities and the Foreign Office (Germany). Our students performed exceptionally well, with 7 out of 8 successfully passing the exam.
Student Excellence Awards
To further recognise and celebrate our students outstanding achievements and contributions, we introduced a Student Excellence Awards a few years ago for 2 students per class, based on criteria chosen by each class teacher individually which is presented at our annual Christmas function.
Before I go, a big thank you to all of you for making this school great. The school couldn’t exist and continue its impressive progress if it weren’t for all of you. So, THANK YOU.